The CU Green Labs Program uses a team approach to minimize the use of energy, water, material goods, and hazardous chemicals in CU Boulder laboratories without compromising research integrity or safety.
Laboratories are important centers of intellectual innovation and discovery in our society. They also have a large environmental footprint. Because laboratories are large consumers of resources and thus present huge opportunities for conservation, a special emphasis for conservation has been placed on laboratory operations since 2009 through the creation of the CU Green Labs Program. In 2017 Facilities Management reported that major laboratory research buildings at CU Boulder occupy 22% of campus square footage but were repsonsible for 43% of campus energy use. CU has approximately 400 laboratories on its Boulder campus. The CU Green Labs Program is working with these labs to promote the efficient use of resources by: